CMU Speaker Series hosts nationally renowned expert on bullying

Elizabeth Englander shows teachers, community how to recognize and prevent bullying
Elizabeth Englander
Bullying is an issue that affects every school district across the country.
 
To bring awareness to this issue, Central Michigan University’s College of Education and Human Services hosted national bullying and cyberbullying expert Elizabeth K. Englander March 21 as keynote speaker for the T.R. Johnson Speaker Series.
 
Englander’s keynote presentation focused on providing parents, educators and community members with key action steps to help curb this growing problem.
 
“We’re training teachers because children are in school six or seven hours every day. K-12 educators have a substantial impact on how children are reared,” says Englander. “It’s really important to speak with one voice as adults. We need to make sure that at school children hear the same social messages they learn at home.”
 
Currently, 70 percent of school-age children say they are affected by bullying, according to the National Center for Educational Statistics. Englander told CMU’s teacher education students that education is a way to bring that statistic down.
 
“It’s very important to address this in a university setting because it’s in university settings where we conduct the research that has to inform the interventions and the programs we do,” Englander says.
 
Englander says parents can effectively stop bullying behavior in their children by:
 
  • Making appropriate and thoughtful social behavior toward other people a top priority
  • Have children understand the abusive nature of bullying and its consequences
  • Reinforce these messages with action
 
“Changing social behaviors that have developed in a generation is not a fast thing, it’s a brick-by-brick process,” she says. “You’re really re-aiming a very large juggernaut.”
 
Englander is founder and director of the Massachusetts Aggression Reduction Center at Bridgewater State University in Bridgewater, Mass.
 
She is cited by major media outlets including The New York Times, The Boston Globe, The Chicago-Sun Times, Parade Magazine and USA Today for her expertise on bullying and cyberbullying.

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